Published On: Thu, Aug 9th, 2012

Olympics taekwondo: Afghanistan hero Rohullah Nikpai wins bronze

Nikpai overcame Britain’s Martin Stamper 5-3 in the bronze medal match.

 

Afghanistan taekwondo hero Rohullah Nikpai matched his achievement at the Beijing Olympics winning bronze in the men’s -68kg category at London 2012.

Nikpai overcame Britain’s Martin Stamper 5-3 in the bronze medal match.

 The 25-year-old became a national hero after winning Afghanistan’s first ever Olympic medal four years ago.

“Of course, getting a medal is very important to all the countries in the world but especially for Afghanistan,” Nikpai said.

“I’m very happy because this medal is very important for my country.”

He lost out to Iran’s Mohammad Bagheri Motamed in the quarter-finals in London but took advantage of a second chance through the repechage.

He beat David Boui of the Central African Republic 14-2 before beating Stamper in the semi-final.

Nikpai was greeted by thousands at Kabul’s Ghazi stadium when he returned from Beijing four years ago.

Source: BBC

 

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  1. j. akbari says:

    First of all, I congratulate the Afghan nation for having earned another medal through one of their champions, Mr.Rohullah Nikpah who is a source of pride for Afghans in general and for the downtrodden Hazaras in particular.
    Secondly, I regret to hear that this time government officials did not announce any prizes for Nikap as a reward for his brilliant performance on the int’l arena. I am very sure that if he had been a man from Kandahar, he would have been given prizes worth thousands of dollars. Let’s not discriminate. Enough is enough! Let’s encourage those who uplift and uphold the name and flag of our country on the int’l stages. Nikap should be appreciated worthily.
    Javid Akbari from Iran

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